Re: User Port plug cases

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:03:59 -0400
Message-ID: <>
On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 6:58 PM,  <> wrote:
>> The following might be of interest to you; there are small-batch fabbers out
>> there who could run off some for you for a low price (if you do not have
>> access to a 3D printer, that is):
> Do you know what the prices would be? I am afraid those aren't going to be less expensive than the mass produced housings anyway.

Frequently, prices I've encountered are approximately $10/hr of
printing time to cover plastic and the operator's supervision.  I
haven't tried printing any (though I am likely to start) but from the
size, I estimate the small ones shouldn't take more than 30 minutes,
and the larger ones could take up to 45 minutes, depending on printer
settings and speed.

They are unlikely to be less expensive than mass-produced housings if
you have to pay someone else to run a printer for you.  They won't be
as expensive if you've already bought your own printer, but the
problem is if you need 100, it will take 100 times as long as making
1.  That's where mass production pays off... high up-front cost, but
making the second batch is far, far cheaper than the first batch.

I will probably grab those files and make my own just so I have some.
I happen to have a small handful of commercial 2-piece housings for a
24-position (2x12) connector, but none for the cassette port (that
aren't already clamped on a tape drive cable).


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